STAWELL -The Town Hall Hotel Bulldogs became the giant killers when they won the Stawell Thirteen and Under Football Association premiership title last Friday night.
Bulldogs absorbed all the challenges along the way in the finals series to finish with the ultimate prize - a premiership.
After their win in the first semi final, most expected Bulldogs to head out the back door in the preliminary final against the Halls Gap Plumbing Hawks, but it wasn't to be and the Bulldogs caused the upset to advance into the grand final against the Stawell Amcal Tigers.
With the Hawks out of the way it was expected the Tigers would grab premiership honours yet again, but the Bulldogs had other ideas and the premiership in their sights.
The grand final was a tight contest throughout, Bulldogs opened with the first goal, before the heavy rain set in, making conditions extremely slippery.
Tigers hit back as the quarter progressed and kicking 1.2 they managed to take a slender one point win into the first break.
Bulldogs opened the second quarter with another goal and at that stage they looked as though they would break clear, but despite not scoring, the Tigers hung in.
With play see-sawing from end to end, Tigers were unable to put a score on the board and 1.2 from Bulldogs saw them move to a seven point lead at half time.
The tide then turned again when Calder Richards broke clear through the centre and goaled.
Bulldogs were scoreless in this quarter, but they still held a one point lead at the last change.
Scoring was difficult and a point to Bulldogs had them two points clear for most of the quarter.
The Tigers continually attacked but still were unable to score.
The break in the match came when Angus Butt, after some slick work from Nick Bendall and Josh Kelly, goaled and this was the premiership sealer with Bulldogs winning out by eight points. Josh Kelly who won the VCFL medal, Angus Butt, Riley and Aiden Graveson were strong in the Bulldogs win, while Calder Richards in the ruck and up forward, Tom Walker, Cam Hancock and Luke Smith worked hard for Tigers.
Bulldogs 1.1 2.3 2.3 3.4 (22)
Tigers 1.2 1.2 2.2 2.2 (14)
Goals: Bulldogs - A Butt 2, J Kelly 1; Tigers - C Richards 2
Best: Bulldogs - J Kelly, A Butt, R Graveson, A Graveson, J Lowe, N Bendall, R Nelthorp, M Perry, L Hendy, B Griffen; Tigers - Team Effort.
VCFL Medal (best on ground in grand final) - J Kelly.